5 people were sentenced by court for running illegal pharmacy through multiple online websites. The leader, who turned out to be a former cop, was awarded 8 years imprisonment. The gang was illegally distributing narcotic and prescription drugs through their online channels. They operated with pharmacy names ‘Discount Pharmacy’ and later ‘A-1 Pharmacy’ and supplied to over 200 clients over a period of 4 years between 2009 and 2012. As quoted by US-DEA website “The pharmacy shipped hundreds of thousands of pills of hydrocodone, phentermine, alprazolam (Xanax) and codeine (Tylenol 4) to thousands of people across the country that did not have valid prescriptions for the narcotics. The conspiracy brought in more than $9 million in revenue from the sale of pills during the three-year scheme.”.
Involvement of a former cop in business of illegal distribution of drugs is alarming. Such incidents may get reported from other part of the world as well. Here in India, it will be critical to understand that one must take good note of the seller reputation before placing orders. Though discount will always be flavor of the time, but it may not carry the legality, quality and even originality that we seek the benefit of.
Few tips that one must follow while making online purchase is as follows:
Buy from reputed seller. There are few long operating ones with higher (4+) rating (marked by at least 500+ unique customers).
Do not buy from overnight mushroomed shops or websites that offer heavy discount. Remember there are no free lunches in the world.
Take help of online channels or apps that help in identifying original products.
Report issues immediately so others can be helped. Besides reporting on the website and rating it, you must bring it to the knowledge of the government agencies as well.